Packed for New York Fashion Week February 2016

how to pack for new york fashion week in winter

pink coat (under $200) / lace trench coat (under $150, spring piece) / blue coat (sold out) / navy coat (under $200) / chevron skirt (spring!) / black skirt (must-have closet staple for spring) / floral blazer (spring!) / black sweater

New York Fashion Week February 2016 starts on Thursday, so as you read this, I am on a plane from San Francisco to New York!

It is always a challenge to pack for New York Fashion Week in February. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cherry blossoms are blossoming, and temperatures sneak into the 60’s and 70’s on occasion. It feels like spring is peeking through! At the same time, New York is still in the throws of winter.

With snow on the ground, and temperatures near-freezing, being a guest at New York Fashion Week means trying to dress in the new, spring season, yet accommodate the freezing temperatures, and possible rain or snow falling from the sky. This means sensible shoes which are still relevant, and trying to incorporate spring trends, and select spring pieces, into a winter wardrobe. It is a challenge!

For New York Fashion Week this season, I am mixing coats in spring hues with warm, black pants in order to look like a fresh new season, yet stay warm in the cold weather. I will also be pairing spring skirts with winter sweaters, tights, and sensible shoes. To immediately see how I do this, please be sure to follow me on Instagram @BayAreaFashionista

I am excited to see which trends from the spring 2016 season will carry into the fall 2016 season on the runways in New York. Will designers stick to Pantone’s Rose Quartz, and Serenity combination on their cold weather collections? Will the 70’s still emerge as an important decade of influence? Or will a new decade emerge? Will the saddle bag reign supreme, or will the box handbag emerge on top? Will stacked heels remain hot for fall, or will stilettos take over? Will all-white be a spring-thing, or will we see white after Labor Day? Will lace still be the hottest fabric on Earth?

Stay tuned! New York designers will reveal what we will be wearing for the fall/winter 2016/2017 season in the week to come! I will be posting on social media, and here on the blog, what I see on the New York runways. Look for my coverage of fall collections by designers such as Marissa Webb, Leanne Marshall, Taoray Wang, and more; here on the blog and on my social media channels!

Which trends would you like to see stay for fall? Which trends would you like to see go away?

In  my suitcase: